AACK!! My last painful travel lesson of 2012, just in time for 2013: renew your passport! Mine expired a few months ago and with no travel plans in the offing, and trying to save pennies, I didn’t renew. Well, two days before Christmas I had an opportunity to attend a very cool New Year’s Eve party and concert in London and to hang out there for four days!! With a super duper cheap plane ticket deal!!! AAAH! p.s. The U.S. State Dept., and all passport offices are closed from Christmas to Jan. 4. UGH! Can you feel my pain?